Aug. 17, 2012

Volume 31, Number 51

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news

Where There's a Heartbeat, There's Hope

Author Michael Brick and principal Anabel Garza on saving Reagan High School

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Justice Demands Affirmative Action

In UT admissions case, 'diversity' is important – but justice more so

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Austin Energy Readies Its Defense

New report shows suburban ratepayers don't have it so bad

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Ott Future?

Did Marc Ott make the grade this year?

BY MIKE KANIN

Ineffective Counsel Blamed in Death Row Inmate's Case

John Balentine was convicted of a triple murder of teenagers in Amarillo

BY JORDAN SMITH

Local Wildlife Habitat Under Siege

Meanwhile, Martin Middle School's garden, bulldozed, has plans for a return

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Libertarians Hope To Make a Dent in November

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is in town this week for a fundraiser

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Council: Follow the Props and the Money

It's a full docket as council tries to set November's bond election

BY MICHAEL KING

Hightower Report: Scalia's Twisted Logic

The Supreme Court justice has some funny ideas about some of his decisions

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Beer Flights

Legendary 'witbier' brewery to return to Austin

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

Awards and accolades up for grabs this August

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

August heats up with Hatch green chili celebrations

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Swift's Attic

Downtown restaurant serves up fancifully delicious plates
music

God Loves Ya When You Dance

Texan outlaw Billy Joe Shaver, straight shooter

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Playback: Brent Grulke, 1961-2012

What SXSW Creative Director Brent Grulke meant to the music business

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Whiskey Shivers

Rampa Head

Flesh Lights

Too Big to Fail

Dikes of Holland

Braindead USA

Megafauna

Surreal Estate

Coffee Sergeants

Purple Martin Sanctuary

The Memphis Strange

Birth of the Strange

Tommy Mack & the Lifters

Rolas Para Gringos

Street Light Suzie

The Red Album

Driver Friendly

Bury a Dream

Tin Can Phone

Adapter
screens

The Confidence Game

In Bart Layton's slippery documentary 'The Imposter,' it's a battle between dupe or be duped

BY DAN SOLOMON

The Artist Will See You Now

AFS Doc Night screens Marina Abramović portrait

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

AIDS Services of Austin and aGLIFF Turn 25

Dobie Theater's doors open again for Big Love bash

BY KATE X MESSER

Film Reviews

Ek Tha Tiger

Bollywood romantic thriller.

The Imposter

This documentary about a bizarre case of identity theft is a puzzle of lies, duplicity, and suppositions.

Julayi

Telugu revenge drama.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

This family film with magical elements is from the writer/director of Dan in Real Life.

ParaNorman

The animation outfit behind Coraline scores another one for the dark side with this endearingly sweet and spooky ode to the supernatural.

Searching for Sugar Man

Rodriguez, a Seventies-era singer/songwriter who flopped in America, became a superstar in South Africa, unbeknownst to him. This documentary uncovers the legend.

Take This Waltz

Sarah Polley's sophomore film, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, is an inquiry into commitment and carnal desire, and the hard choices we make when the two don’t align.

Where Do We Go Now?

This Lebanese film looks at what might happen to the area’s ancient religious conflicts if women ruled the region.
arts & culture

Power Play

In Robert Schenkkan's new play, LBJ roars back to life to make civil rights history

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Art of Listening'

In her new book, choreographer Darla Johnson shares her secrets for making dance

BY ANDREW LONG

'The Intergalactic Nemesis'

In the latest chapter of this sci-fi spoof's success story: an international tour and Broadway!

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Seven Wonders of the World (Plus One)'

Tongue and Groove Theatre revives an odd little show that's truly dreamy

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

FupDuck

Glass Half Full Theatre's latest is sweeter and more uplifting than its PR suggests

Manhattan Stories

An ensemble of improvisers expertly captures the essence of Woody Allen's comedy
columns

Page Two: Wise, Warm, and Always Welcome

Austin is a quieter place without Brent Grulke

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops

After a Fashion

Does the Circuit of the Americas have the formula for a great Fashion Week?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: NICE GUNS

That's it, darlin', show off those AK-40-heavens. It's a gun show!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Duels and gunfights killed this Karnes County town

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: The Perils of Cougaring

You probably have an irresistible animal magnetism that your boss’s wife can’t resist

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Fun Fun Fun Water Olympics

The FFFF warm-up and cool-down has more punk-rock cred and fewer steroids than a Soviet-era weight-lifting team

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Longhorns open regular-season play, U.S. women take home gold, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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